This article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds
The Yellow Vests movement is a mass movement that began online in France in May 2018 as a protest against a gas tax hike (of about 25 cents a gallon). The movement quickly metamorphosed beyond the internet when protesters, wearing yellow vests as a symbol, took to the streets rioting against high taxes, eroding living standards, and what many see as the government’s indifference to the concerns of France’s regions and ordinary people.
Note: Since 2008, all motorists in France are required by law to have high-visibility yellow vests in their vehicles when driving, as a safety measure should the driver be required to exit the vehicle on the roadside.
The movement has spread beyond France to Belgium and the United Kingdom.
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“Yellow vests” is gilets jaunes in French. We are told that the Yellow Vests or Gilets Jaunes movement is a spontaneous popular uprising, so it is most curious that a Frenchman who calls himself Jean L. discovered that the internet domain name www.giletsjaunes.com had been registered on May 15, 2017 — a full year before the Gilets Jaunes movement actually began.
See Jean L, “Yellow Vests – Color Revolution Gone Awry?,” henrymakow.com, Dec. 21, 2018.
More curious still, the giletsjaunes.com domain name was registered in Denver, Colorado. Below is the domain’s registrar information from NameBright.com:
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Domain Name: GiletsJaunes.com
Registry Domain ID: 2124542527_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS server: whois.NameBright.com
Registrar URL: http://www.NameBright.com
Updated Date: 2018-11-23T00:00:00.000Z
Creation Date: 2017-05-15T18:13:42.000Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2020-05-15T00:00:00.000Z
Registrar: DropCatch.com 1428 LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 3637
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: [email protected]
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.7204960020
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Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: Private Registration
Registrant Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Registrant City: Denver
Registrant State/Province: CO
Registrant Postal Code: 80205
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.7204960020
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Registrant Email: [email protected]
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Admin Name: Private Registration
Admin Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Admin City: Denver
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Admin Postal Code: 80205
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Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
Tech Name: Private Registration
Tech Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Tech City: Denver
Tech State/Province: CO
Tech Postal Code: 80205
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Name Server: brianna.ns.cloudflare.com
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Last update of WHOIS database: 2018-12-22T02:50:38.995Z
The address of the domain name’s registrant — 2635 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205 — is an office loft that LoopNet says is both “for lease” and “off market”. Here’s a street view of the building (I painted the yellow circle around the “For Lease” sign):
Jean L. also points out the pop-culture foreshadowing, aka predictive programming, of the Yellow Vests movement in The Economist‘s 2017 cover, specifically the modified “Hermit” Tarot card depicting hordes of yellow-garbed people protesting against globalization, holding flags against the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the EU (European Union).
Meanwhile, elements in the French military are in open rebellion against President Emmanuel Macron.
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